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Can somebody teach me hybridization of simple compounds. Like for sp,sp2 and sp3. Like I know water is sp3 but I don't understand why. It's a bent shape, right? So shouldn't it be sp?

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  1. shamalamadingdong
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    think about the electron pairs sticking off the oxygen. That's a total of two hydrogens and two electron clouds. That's the reason it's bent becuase the electron pairs(clouds ) push the other sides down. This gives a total of 4 distinct orbitals which is why it's sp3. One s plus 3 p's equal 4 hybrid sp3 orbitals.

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  2. rainbow22
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    I'm sorry, I did not understand that.. >.>

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  3. shamalamadingdong
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    gimme a sec i haz pictures

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  4. physicsme
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    try this video http://www.khanacademy.org/science/organic-chemistry/v/sp3-hybridized-orbitals-and-sigma-bonds

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  5. shamalamadingdong
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    That's a great video. Watch it and let me know if you still need help. I'm working on finding the pics in my pdf book.

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  6. rainbow22
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    Thank you!

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    Is it possible to just write out the electron configurations and somehow get the hybridizations?

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    There is a simple formula to find hybridization hyb=No. of surrounding atoms+0.5[no. of valence electrons-1*MA-2DA-3*TA-Anionic charge+cationic charge] this is a universal formula to find hybridization of any simple formula...

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